Júzcar

Júzcar is a Smurf-infested village in Andalusia.

Understand

Júzcar, blue Smurf village

Júzcar, a small hillside village of 250 people surrounded by farmland, was one of the white villages of Andalusia until it was painted in blue in 2011 as a setting for the movie Smurfs II.

Several months and 80,000 visitors later, locals decided by referendum to leave the town Smurf blue. Local people work as police, waiters and staff. In Spanish, Smurfs are known as Pitufos, so the village brands itself as "el pueblo Pitufo". Tourist information is available at the mushroom museum.

Get in

From Ronda, take A-397 8km (5mi) south to MA-525, which runs 5.5km southwest to Cartajima. MA-518 leads 5km (3mi) from Cartajima to Júzcar.

Get around

Júzcar is tiny and most Smurfs travel locally on foot.

See

Do

An assortment of Smurf-related activities are offered on weekends. Make yourself into a Smurf (pintándote face) at the Hotel Bandolero (11am-1pm, weekends) then personalise your Smurf hat and blue manicure at El Casarón (11am-7pm). Tour the village sampling local produce from noon to 2pm, then catch the "Pitufo" show at the Hotel Bandolero (4-5pm).

Buy

Smurf keychains and T-shirts are available in local souvenir shops

Eat

Cafés serve blue Smurf spaghetti

Drink

Sleep

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